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Re: Thunderbolt

In my opinion Thunderbolt is one of the most over-hyped "technologies". It's nothing new, just 2 older iterface busses squeezed into one connector/cable.

It's just another example of artificially trying to make older equipment look obsolete.
by Jarno
Sat Nov 02, 2013 6:50 pm
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Re: Dockable Chord Tracks

Not exactly what you requested, but... you can set the coloring mode to "Chord Track" which lets you see if a note is on a chord, on the scale, or off scale. This might still be a good solution to your problem.

Watch the Steiny video here (at 9:11):
by Soul-Burn
Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:25 pm
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Re: Steinberg's dongle alternative coming

For my real job, I have a 8 year old Sandisk 8 gb Cruzer thumb drive with a slide out connector on my key ring. It looks no different than the dongle except for the slide out connector....

That thing gets the s#!t beat out of it 6 days a week and has a backup of our accounting file on it. It is a critical backup. My dongle only sits in my desktop rear USB slot and has fallen apart several times. Someone here mentioned it fell on carpet and came did mine

No argument on how the Cubase security works only that if the license has such a value,give us an opportunity to preserve it. My wireless USB keyboard and mouse receiver stick out only 1/4".

I know this has been said over and over again but, WTF..can one more time hurt? Yep, I have a spare un opened for the last 4 years
by knuckle47
Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:40 pm
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Re: So 7.5 is here (almost)

track visibility (finally), tab to transient, and track versions are very nice upgrades for me, the rest is useless to my workflow. I was hoping for an instrument track to audio track function a la Studio One (wonderful implementation there) or at least a bounce in place function a la Logic...
by dr4kan
Fri Nov 29, 2013 2:05 pm
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Re: So 7.5 is here (almost)

Since when did software developers begin charging for half versions? My understanding is that 7.5 is not a "NEW"

version, as "Cubase 8" would be. I bought 7 at full price. As far as I'm concerned, I should get all updates, half

versions, "upgrades," etc., until a completely new version is introduced, for the price I paid initially. I'm pretty

irritated about Steinberg's choice in that regard - people didn't pay extra for 6.5, what's up with paying for 7.5?. To

me this is yet another example of corporations splitting hairs in order to stuff their pockets. Going this route essentially makes you dope dealers. What next? Start

charging for quarter versions, or every single update? It's still version 7 until it's version 8, in my book, and I paid

for version 7 and all it's incarnations as far as I'm concerned. Why didn't they just stuff all these new features into

Version 8? Here's why: because the cost to purchase a entirely new version is prohibitive to most and people will balk

at it, so if you can exploit your customer base by pricing "upgrades" just within reach (for approximately another $75

US) by promoting the idea they're missing out if they don't have the new features, then they'll bite and everyone there

at Steinberg is a marketing genius - albeit a greedy one. :evil: Not cool, Steinberg. I paid for version 7 and you're

telling me 7.5 is, essentially, a new version and you must be paid for it - so, in essence, I've paid $575 for version

7? It essentially appears that the 7.5 "upgrade," with the exception of a couple of features, is just an attempt to

force me to buy your plugins. Please don't go down the same road Adobe did, they shot themselves in the foot with their

Creative Cloud series of graphics programs. Just about everyone hates their subscription model. They then got their

servers hacked and customer info and credit card numbers stolen out of spite because people hated the power struggle

involved with trying to own and control their own tools; not be dictated to and treated like sheep, and keep control of

their own craft - hey, we're not all sheep, some of us are programmers. Their new software was immediately cracked and

hacked and spread all over the 'net like Nutella on toast. Just an FYI: "Out of one's ignorance, another's genius is

born." Corel corporation is now enjoying a healthy renaissance out of Adobe's selfish ignorance. I guess you better make

hay while the sun shines, eh? I'll pay for the update because I use these tools constantly, but don't look to

me for continued brand loyalty. I'll learn a new interface if I have to in order to protect my wallet. This business of

charging "by the inch" ultimately does not set well with people. So, a year from now, when you're on the verge of

releasing version 9, do the folks that are still using version 7, then get the 7.5 update for free because it doesn't

"count" any more? I just bought Halion 5 two months ago, you gonna jack me for another $50 or so for Halion 5.5? GRRRRR!
by Shabadoo
Fri Nov 29, 2013 6:24 pm
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Re: So 7.5 is here (almost)

My initial feeling is that there are some very nice changes (or redos of things that didn't quite come out right in 7.0). HOWEVER, I see no info on what I am interested in... easier navigation... key commands... improvements to MIDI.

IOW: there are a lot of very sexy features... but I see less and less focus on polishing the CORE product in favour of MORE SYNTHS! MORE FX! MORE BIG STUFF! And frankly, I don't need any more 'big' things. I just have a list of -little- things I've been waiting on for perhaps 10 years.

And that makes me feel like all they are interested in are NEW SALES! I would much rather they charge people like me a proper fee to get the thing -polished- once and for all and stop adding more BIG STUFF!

by suntower
Sat Nov 30, 2013 9:39 am
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Re: So 7.5 is here (almost)

Again, without "beatzmakers" who are you sound engineering for? This attitude and lack of respect would not get a dollar from me.

Who said anything about me being an engineer? I'm a classically-trained composer with a Ph.D. "beatzmakers" are DJ's, remixers, whatever you want to call them, but they don't actually make music, just rearrange someone else's loops.
by papi61
Sun Dec 01, 2013 12:32 am
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Re: So 7.5 is here (almost)

I’m 54 and I’m not a DJ or beatzmaker as you put it but I know many as I do classical musicians and one is as skilled as the other. Do you realise how arrogant as well as ignorant that made you sound.

All I said is that DJ's and "beatzmakers" don't actually make music, they just rearrange someone else's loops. Factual. They might be very skilled at that, but in my book, they're not "musicians." In other words, apples and oranges. If that makes me sound arrogant to your ears, so be it. Do you have any idea how many years of study and practice it takes to become a good classical (or jazz) musician? And you think a DJ is just as skilled as a musician? Seriously?
by papi61
Sun Dec 01, 2013 10:41 pm
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Re: Very simple to implement request.

This can be done already with a post process script.
I've attached a zip with a script that opens the containing folder and selects the exported file.

Just extract the two files from the to c:\ProgramData\Steinberg\Audio Export Post Process Scripts\ and you can select the script from the export window.
by Niles
Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:56 pm
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Re: EQ and High Cut Resonances

Hi all,

for those interested, I confirm that the filters in the EQ section are 12dB and that the response received and posted by "mbbx5aw2" is correct, except for the difference between the two EQ section filter types.
Please read the details below:

Type II reacts to Q-factor and can be adjusted to a very high resonance, Type I reacts to Gain, with a rather subtle resonance. That is for compatibilty reasons. Type II was introduced with StudioEQ. Type I is the old Channel-EQ.

For small values of resonance they can be set to be (almost) identical, for example:
Type I Highpass: Gain 0 dB, 1 kHz, Q 1
Type II Highpass: Gain 0 dB, 1 kHz, Q 4.1

Hope this helps.
by Fabio Bartolini
Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:11 am
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Re: 7.0.7 late update

We are discussing since last year about Cubugs versions of 7, first release was obviously a Alfa and maybe beta version of the new platform. Was a dramatic improvement between 32bit and 64bit technology, Steney changed the programmers and project management, we don't know the reasons, probably money as always. I can understand the stress and the problems to put hands on a complicate software programmed by others before. But the considerations should be just some.

1 Steinberg sell audio software
2 Users buy audio software for play, for job, for fun, etc

If you play for fun, could be ok and you can wait until the DAW is fully or partially fully working until the next release, who use the DAW for job means they pay the DAW for their job, for living because that software makes easy job too. Those people don't want a unstable beta version, yes they could pay 50 or more for fixing of course is not a big expenses... yes I can do that, but I need the new software NOW because my job depends from that.
Someone can say "don't buy the new version", "just stay on Cubase 6.5.5", yes no problem too. But this is MY FIX not a Steinberg fix. They sell a wonderful machine, with wonderful features than I would like to use for my job immediately not after 2 years. I want remember to all Cubase 6.5.5. is not fully fixed yet if we refer to the software specifics.

Its same for any kind of things in the life, if you buy a guitar you'll aspect the Guitar plays tuned, if you want a Piano you'll aspect the piano does not have broken key, same for audio board, for the computer system etc. It's all part of a big complex studio processing. And Cubase is a Flagship product of honored software house like steinberg.

Beta testing is a part of the programming structure, is the most important part, in the past Cubase users was like a Nuendo Beta tester, now we are all beta testers for Cubase and Nuendo for free. Nuendo users are less and less than before, especially on Mac their are disappeard, I've sold my Nuendo Licence 2 years ago.

This is not normal, because this brings a lot of informations to the programmers of course, but will takes longer to fix all the bugs. Ask money for fixing the bugs is offensive for all user already payed for the DAW. I don't care if the others do the same, this is not serious and honest especially for musician than use Cubase for create and sell their music. Cubase 7.0.7 is not complete bugs free but Steinberg announced this is the late update. And my "Steiny sense" suggest me we are beta testing 7.0.7 to make 7.5.10 more stable next month. So peoples payed to upgrade from 6.5 to 7 then beta testing until 7.0.7 for more than 1 year to pay again for a more stable but not bugs free 7.5.10. I think we will see 7.5.12 or 13 before Cubase 8, but in the meantime...

Is not a money problem Steinberg! it's about respect the job we do for living the job we do for you reporting bugs.
If you are not ready to sell the new DAW don't do it, or take a chance to stop producing DAW and concentrate all the energies under iOS, you will make more money, we will move to Logic and everyones happy.
by ufoqbase
Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:33 am
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Re: Tips Tricks And Workflow Goodness.

For Windows O/S: Here is a way to restart a USB midi device that was plugged in before starting Cubase and was running properly but somehow got disconnected during the session.

Once you discover your USB is disconnected and not working do the following procedure:
1) Shut off your USB midi device
2) Re-plugin your USB midi device
3) Turn on your USB midi device
4) Go to Devices>Device Setup...>MIDI Port Setup
5) Find your USB midi device in the list and uncheck the box "In ALL MIDI" this will make the state "Inactive"
6) Recheck the "In ALL MIDI" box to make the state "Active"
7) Hit OK

You would think just hitting the "reset" button instead of doing steps 5 & 6 would work but it doesn't work for me. :?:

Regardless, you should be all set.

by Prock
Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:40 pm
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Is there a Steinberg VST SDK Forum?

I am getting into Plug-in design and a forum for the SDK would be useful..

Also, if I was to make an emulation of a piece of hardware, would I have to pay the company of the hardware some sort of licensing fee/share of profit or is it fine to just sell it anyway?
by civictiger
Sat Apr 05, 2014 5:42 pm
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Re: Essential EDM plugins

godparticle7 wrote: The guys at NI Maschine have done just this, one plugin dedicated for each of these sounds

WORKARUND: Get NI Machine.
by claesbjo
Mon Jul 07, 2014 11:46 am
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Re: Please update the Audio-engine to x64bit double precisio

The mathematics in this video is ridiculous.

All this guy demonstrates is how easy it is to conflate floating point inaccuracies to confuse the audience with his marketing talk.

I'm all for getting the best stuff, etc... but double precision mixing is not necessary. Let me explain why:

1. If a 24 bit recording is converted to 32 bit float, which is a meaningful and very well understood operation, the fraction part is 23 bits PLUS one bit of sign, which gives us 138 dB of SNR
2. If (and I suspect that those errors really matter, because there is also reconstructive surgery aka "low pass filtering" at the end of the DAC chain involved) an additional error of, say, 12 dB (and the video only speaks of 6 dB of error!) is introduced, it still doesn't matter, because a) we will never use signals that loud in real life without having our ear drums rupture and b) should we do that because we go crazy, we can still dither

I, therefore, call double precision mixing pointless. Seriously, I'm all for the best in sound and the most creative music and all that, but from a mathematical point of view, there is no point whatsoever in going that crazy.

If the SONAR mixer sounds better (which I can't check myself), I believe it has to do with additional processing, NOT with the bit depth.
by TheNavigator
Thu Jul 17, 2014 3:12 pm
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You are not authorised to read this forum.
by SteveInChicago
Mon Jul 28, 2014 1:53 pm
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Re: In 2014, what is Steinberg's procedure for a lost elicen

We do replace licenses on these conditions:

- The license must not have been replaced before.
- The lost USB-eLicenser must be identified (best option is a registered eLicenser in MySteinberg)
- We must have received a signed statement certifying the loss of the dongle.

We can then disable the USB-eLicenser and provide new activation codes. To keep the downtime short, a spare USB-eLicenser is not a bad idea so that you can download the license(s) as soon as you receive the activation code(s). The turn around time depends on where you live and which support team is handling the case but it is usually very low.

We are also working on a better solution for MySteinberg which will hopefully become effective within this year.
by Ed Doll
Thu Aug 14, 2014 4:05 pm
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Re: eLicenser backup similar to iLok Zero Down Time

Hello guys,

As far as I'm concerned this is not planned for a near future, yet. However there are plans in sight to improve the licensing technology.

Kind regards,
by Felipe Garcia
Fri Aug 15, 2014 4:28 pm
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Re: Please update the Audio-engine to x64bit double precisio

If I drop a pin on the floor during a Motorhead concert, "some people" will definitively hear it :)
by iBM
Fri Oct 10, 2014 7:32 pm
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Re: re horrible AERO theme

I suggest upgrading to W8 and your problems around aero are solved.
by zibelnik
Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:13 pm
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Re: Cloud Storage

Personally, I don't depend on cloud storage as it's a constantly changing market and thus a perpetually moving target. What I depend on today suddenly stops working in the morning when yet another tech startup realizes they don't have a way to monetize their work and thus shuts down the company and / or project. Or starts charging significant money for what was once free.

In fairness, I've made a living for a couple of decades as a software develooper so I'm more likely to roll my own solutions anyway. However, I realize that most people don't have that luxury.

That said, from a pragmatic point of view I think the future is much more likely to include some kind of cloud integration in Cubase than it is to address issues that have been around for years, for one simple reason. New releases aren't about making your existing cutomers happy. You already have their money. The only point of a new release is to get the market excited enough to spend new money. That's what drives the decisions on which features go into a release, and it's very, very marketing driven.

The industry term for this is making your software "100% buzzword compliant." Give marketing something trendy that they can sell. Cloud is trendy. Therefore, it's likely that something will be added to a new release that at the very least gives them the ability to use the word "cloud" in their marketing campaign. Programmers rarely push back on this because, like musicians, they want to play with the coolest new toys (and it enhances the resume). Is it better to make yet another tweak to a feature you already have, or add a new, trendy feature that marketing can get people excited about? From a business perspective, this is the mother of all no brainers.

Don't mistake this for a poke at Yamaha / Steinberg. It's not. I found a home with Cubase after trying pretty much every major DAW out there, often for extended periods, and I like it very much. I also have a number of the UR series audio interfaces as well as the CMC controllers. If I didn't like the way they did business, I would vote with my wallet - elsewhere.

I don't really care about cloud features one way or the other. I just think it's likely to see them in the next year or two because it will help them sell more software. And personally, I hope they sell lots of new software. As 99.9% of Silicon Valley tech startups learn the hard way, it doesn't matter how cool your stuff is. If you don't make money, you go out of business. Well, at least when you can no longer find suckers, also known as venture capitalists, to live off of. When a company goes out of business, they take the software you depend on with them. No more fixes or upgrades of any kind. Game over.

As for all those things you guys have been waiting years for the fix on, good luck with that. They already have your money. I'm not saying it's the way things outta be, merely pointing out how life in the world of professional software development works. A plan based on reality has a much greater chance of success than wishful thinking.
by ChrisDuncan
Thu Nov 27, 2014 6:39 pm
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Re: Make all windows Dockable!


+ hotkey to maximize/unmaximize the selected window
by dek88
Thu Jan 01, 2015 10:12 pm
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Re: Cubase 8.0.5 is out...


Here's the executive summary: We all need to lower our expectations and be more realistic about what is possible.

For why I think that, read on...

First, thank you Cubase Team for releasing "early and often" (so to speak), rather than waiting for more fixes to be completed.

Hope you keep this trend going, despite the (understandable) backlash.

To me, this update is a real measuring stick. Here's why I think that:

Software development is really hard and requires essentially unfair personal sacrifice. And not just a "push," but sustained and ongoing pain that never ends. It's a way of life.

I've been in this business a long time and this remains true.

No amount of company Kool-aid drinking will make it happen faster. Stuff gets done when it's done.

Deep inside each developer is something they'll never admit to their boss, when their boss talks about getting stuff done faster because of arbitrary release dates and the financial pressures that drive them (the thing, at the end of the day, only a boss really can care about, truth be told). That thing is: "Understand, but that's YOUR problem."

The developer is already making a full sacrifice (and then some), if the company can't harness and harvest it, it's its problem, not the developer's.


When an end-of-year holiday software release has bugs, it's to be expected. Marketing desire will always outpace personal sacrifice. It's baked into the raw economic physics of it, itself.

One could argue to do otherwise shows lack of passion / ambition.

So I don't think Steinberg should be faulted for pushing for a release or even having bugs in it.

All that said, there is one thing that will push a developer even past this high level of personal sacrifice into a sort of inhuman "overdrive mode" (not sustainable even by those without families): Post-major-release bugs and poor craftsmanship. Because that IS the developer's problem.

It is fair to for a developer to feel this way even after being pressed to do more feature-creep? No, but I guarantee you every developer feels it and responds to it and takes it very personally.

Now to my long-winded point...

This 8.0.5 release demonstrates the true capability of the Cubase development team. We get to witness it in near real-time. 8.0.5 was pushed hard to get to. It certainly had at least one or two senior developers via "email-only" as they tried to enjoy their holiday.

What it tells me is this: Cubase is very complex software; decades mature. We're glad to see the update, but disappointed almost none of the "things we wanted" were not addressed.

It also tells me we all need to lower our expectations and be more realistic about what is possible.

This is specialized software that only sells so many units. For the Cubase team to scale up, just doesn't seem likely.

I think if there is one thing that Steinberg could do, to meet us halfway, it would be this:

Create a feature and bugfix voting area for obvious non-NDA stuff. Obviously, Steinberg would not reveal its "surprise" features that highlight a major version release.

I'm talking about the known issues and really low-hanging-fruit features that would complete an obviously incomplete feature already released.

Then, there is no amount a criticism that can be waged except on we the users, ourselves, for voting for the wrong thing.

I just think Steinberg needs to grab the reins and control the "conversation" more. Paradoxically, a bug and feature voting area would give them a platform to do it.

Right now, it's a one-way conversation.

And it would let we the users, put our voting where our mouth is.

I.e., a person voting for every feature, effectively nullifies his/her vote. Picking and choosing carefully what to vote for, should somewhat quell even the loudest among us.

It should be more, "why aren't people voting for this more?" not, "why wasn't this in a given release."

I think it would also highlight some silliness in our requests. Like, surely there would be more votes for Render In-Place related features than boring old window management stuff, but clearly, the window management fixes needed to be addressed asap. Stuff like that.

Again, thanks for the .0.5 release!

Happy New Year, all.
by Jalcide
Thu Jan 08, 2015 6:38 pm
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Re: Bring Back Option For MixConsole To Always Be On Top

Hi guys,

just to chime in...

I am currently in conversations with the engineering and product planning teams to see what can be done about this. They are already aware of the situation (thanks to SteveInChicago) and are evaluating the risks of bringing this function back (which seems to be requested by many of you) and if possible, when it will be available again.

I will let you know as soon as I have more information about this.

All the best
by Luis Dongo
Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:55 am
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Re: Remove the Mac-style menu bar on PC

MHoughton wrote:It helps that the GUIs are consistent.

Fair enough. But then we should suggest Steinberg to implement standard Windows-style menu on Cubase for Mac. Not the other way around as they did. There are many more Windows users than Mac users after all.
by Jarno
Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:46 pm
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Re: Plugin to keep volume constant when doing A/B comparison

There is another option (free) for those that are willing to go to a small amount of trouble:

Install ReaPlugs (Reaper's free, ugly, but very powerful fx suite)

Download TB Audio's AB Compare
Direct link to zip file:
Link to overview page:

After installing ReaPlugs you should have a ReaPlugs folder in your VST2 folder.
Unzip TB Audio's zip file into your directory: *VSTFolder*\ReaPlugs\JS\Effects\TBAudio

Place an instance of reajs in slot 1 of your inserts
Place another instance of reajs in the last slot of your inserts (probably just use slot 6 which is pre-fader)

Within the reajs window, click on Load, go to the TBAudio folder and click on the following:
first slot: AB_LM_src
last slot: AB_LM_cntrl

The cntrl window is the one you'll use to monitor and bypass the comparisons so you can close the src window. There is a detailed PDF instruction manual in the TBAudio folder so refer to that for help.

I've noticed a little bugginess with reajs inside Cubase 8 so be sure to test it before using it on an important project.

Side note: There are several other gems within the reajs folders, such as the Stillwell plugs (similar to Stillwell's excellent VST plugs but w/out the GUI and lacking features in some instances).
by lachrimae
Thu Feb 05, 2015 5:54 pm
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Re: UR824 latest update Crashing Windows 8.1 when turn off.

I was in the same boat as @distante. I updated everything in Windows, including .NET and everything I could think of, yet I would get the BSOD consistently, every single time I powered down the unit while Windows was still running.

I just downloaded and installed the "Tools for UR824" update (released Feb 11,2015) and it fixed the issue altogether. If installing "Tools for UR824 v2.1.2" that included the "Yamaha Steinberg USB Driver V1.9.2 update" fixed the issue (updated from Yamaha Steinberg USB Driver V1.9.0), then it's quite clear that it was a problem with the V.1.9.0 driver itself.

@distante, install the new driver and see what happens.
by squidcluster
Fri Feb 13, 2015 12:54 am
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